What Is The Sign Of Jonah?

Q. “A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah. And he left them, and departed.” Matthew 16:4.  For as Jonah was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.” Luke 11:30.

Can you give me an explanation of what exactly is the Sign of Jonah?

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Talking Animals?

Q.  Recently it struck me that although the Bible doesn’t refer to animals speaking to humans in the Garden, Eve’s reaction seems to me very strange.  If other animals talked, then Satan’s conversation wouldn’t have necessarily seemed out of place.  But, if none of the animals talked it would have been quite a shock.  If an animal began speaking right now to you and you hadn’t seen that ability in other animals wouldn’t you at least think it was strange and perhaps talk to God about it before you responded to the animal?

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Praying Continually

Q.  Referring to 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Paul states that we are to “pray continually” (NIV). Surely he didn’t mean that we’re to have our heads bowed and praying endlessly for 24/7. Would a better interpretation possibly mean that we should continually remain in a mindful state of prayer?

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Using A TV Show To Defend His Opinion?

Q.  A friend of mine posted a scene from a TV show on You Tube.  He used it to defend his opinion that the Bible is wrong about homosexuality. I stand on God’s word but I can’t explain this actor’s statements.

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Was It Six Or Eight?

Q.  In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke we have the recount of the transfiguration and the events that took place about a week prior. Luke said the transfiguration event was eight days after Jesus said, “But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.” Matthew and Mark wrote that the transfiguration happened six days after Jesus said this. What is the explanation for the difference of two days in the accounts?

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Servant Of All

Q.  I’m struggling with understanding John 13:1-17 here. I agree with the interpretations that are saying the dirt on the feet of the disciples are a representation of sins, water used by Jesus to wash their feet is the representation of his blood that washes our sins. But I get confused when it comes to verse 14 when He says they must do likewise to one another. If then I’m still proceeding with my interpretation that He was symbolizing washing their sins then its confusing to says in verse 14 that He was instructing them to wash the sins of one another for its only Him who washes sins. Can you please give me your full interpretation of this passage?

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Son Of God Or Son Of Man?

Q.  The Bible refers to Jesus as the Son of God and the Son of Man.  Would you tell me why both terms are used, and is there a reason one term is used in a particular verse instead of the other?

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What Does If Mean?

Q.  Once again I am so thankful for your site, everyday I learn and get a deeper understanding of the Word.  My question is on Colossians 1: 21-23.  I believe in OSAS but Paul’s use of “if” in verse 23 has me confused as it seems like a salvation issue.  Can you help?

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Honor Your Parents

Q.  I read, understand and appreciate the 5th commandment, but how far does it go?  Does it permit parents to choose who you marry? And if not parents choice, do they have the right to attempt to terminate the marriage?  Do parents have the rights to inhibit your education so that you never exceed their understanding, ambitions or wealth?   Do parents have the right to tell you when to have children? Or even to suggest an abortion?  Does a mother have the right to steal your future because she breast fed you?   Do a parent’s desires take priority over your spouse? Do parents have the right to curse you if you don’t go along with whatever they decree?  These are just some of the ruling cultures in many pentecostal churches here.

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Did Jesus Go To Trial?

Q. Someone who referred me to your website told me he doesn’t believe that Jesus actually went through a trial.  Is that what you believe?

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